Well, That Sucks

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If you’re an elderly person, you might browse the internet using a search engine like Bing or Internet Explorer.

But if you’re younger you might use a search engine like Firefox. Here’s what it says on the landing page of the search engine.

“Stakeouts have always been an essential tool for law enforcement and national security. The difference now is that they’ve moved beyond binoculars, bugs and bad guys: surveillance has gone digital. All that data we generate through our daily activities online allows governments to keep an eye on lots of people at once.”

This is the frontline of the war between the surveillance state and commerce.

Consumers don’t like the idea of billionaire CEOs plotting with millionaire politicians to snoop on law-abiding citizens without a warrant.

But companies need money from customers more than governments—all they get from governments are massive tax breaks and blanket immunity deals.

That’s why attempts in the New York legislature and an increasingly anti-government Congress to allow cops, spies, and god knows who else to see everyone’s e-mails and listen in on phone calls are likely dead on arrival.

For street cops, none of this is a big deal.

But if you’re with the FBI or the NSA, maintaining all that power and freedom from oversight that came in the wake of 9/11 looks increasingly tenuous.

Making matters much worse is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg, who just made it easier for people to secure their Facebook content and communications.

This is slight hiccup for the intelligence community organizers and homeland security industry.

As the old saying goes, “government can never be the solution—only a problem.”

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